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  • Troy

    Troy

    ★★★

    Troy is one of those 'heroes on both sides' stories that allow for battles and duels to be a bit more interesting. Whilst the action in Gladiator and Braveheart is enjoyable, it's little more than Russell Crowe fighting masked gladiator #1, #2 and #3 or nameless English getting sliced up.

    This is really the thing Troy does best with character actors like James Cosmo, Sean Bean and Brendan Gleeson playing soldiers who are given a little bit of personality.

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  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★

    Gladiator is a film of broad strokes, with its main conceit being to bring the coliseum battles into life like never before with the wonders of digital cinema and CGI enhancement.

    It succeeds pretty well with this whilst the story around it is passable with some nice twists and betrayals along the way.

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★½

    David Byrne seems pretty cool.

  • Braveheart

    Braveheart

    ★★★½

    Mel Gibson proves with his first film that he is very, very good at directing action.

    Story-wise, its amazingly overdramatic. The villains are cackling monsters whilst the slow motion bathes itself in mawkishness.

    As an historical epic, it's still enjoyable and it would be interesting to know how much it influenced the genre's resurgence in the 2000s.